Health Information Technology

16 Months - Associate of Specialized Technology Degree

Program Overview

The Health Information Technology program is designed to provide the knowledge and hands on skills necessary to obtain entry level employment in the health care field in areas of health information technology, medical billing and coding, medical records, and medical office assistants.

The graduate will be prepared to accept entry?level positions in the field of health information technology with physician offices, specialty medical offices, health care facilities, out-patient facilities, ambulatory surgical centers, hospitals, insurance companies, third-party payers, or self-employment. Job titles may include Health Information Technician, Medical Records Technician, Records Clerk, Coding/Billing Specialist. Students will additionally have the skills necessary to accept positions such as Medical Office Assistant or Medical Secretary, where the primary responsibility is billing, coding, or record keeping.


Course Outline

  • Medical Terminology Essentials I
  • Medical Terminology Essentials II
  • Comprehensive Medical Office Procedures
  • Career Success Strategies
  • Keyboarding
  • Anatomy & Physiology Essentials I
  • Anatomy & Physiology Essentials II
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Pathology for Allied Health Professionals
  • Medical Billing and Reimbursement
  • Healthcare Statistics
  • Mathematics for the Health Care Professional
  • Customer Service
  • Medical Coding I
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Computerized Medical Office Management
  • Human Behavior for the Healthcare Professional
  • Medical Reports
  • Medical Coding II
  • Health Information Management I
  • Pharmacology Essentials
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Business Communication
  • Advanced Medical Coding
  • Health Information Management II
  • Health Info. Tech. Certification Review
  • Health Information Technology Externship

Certification Opportunities

Graduates of the HIT program are eligible to sit for the Insurance and Coding Specialist exam offered by NCCT. This test is held at Great Lakes and offered to all students during the final weeks of the program. The cost of the certification is included in the total cost of the program. Certification is not a requirement for graduation. Graduates are also eligible to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential offered by AHIMA or the Certified Patient Account Technician (CPAT) exam by AAHAM, although it is recommended graduates first obtain work experience.


Health Information Technology Job Placement Sites

Below is a list of employers who recently hired graduates of the Health Information Technology Program

  • Saint Vincent Medical Group, Erie PA
  • Millcreek Community Hospital, Erie PA
  • UPMC Hamot Coding, Erie PA
  • The Regional Cancer Center, Erie PA
  • Foot and Ankle Specialists of Ohio, Mentor OH
  • Arthritis Associates, Erie PA
  • Medicor Associates, Erie PA


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Advantages of Great Lakes

Job Placement Assistance

All graduates get personalized job placement assistance from one of our dedicated Employment Specialists. They'll help you find employment (locally or anywhere in the U.S.) after you graduate and even help you years later should you need it.

Financial Aid

Paying for higher education can be confusing and intimidating. Our Financial Aid counselors will help make the process straight forward and help you apply for aid and scholarships

Hands-On Education

A big part of your education here will consist of hands-on training. You'll learn to use equipment used by professionals as well as work in labs that are similar to what you'll find in the field.

Experienced and Proven

Great Lakes has been educating residents of Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania for over 50 years. We've trained thousands of students and have helped them begin exciting, lifelong careers in their field of study.


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